Taiji cosmology… “Taiji is the mother of yin yang,” the classic says. It is the “supreme ultimate.” Qi is yang and flows through the body and beyond with a healing power. Like wind and water. Our bodies are like the earth and the blood that flows through our veins is like the waters that flow on the earth’s surface and even below. Qi is like the wind, as well, that blows everywhere. It has similar qualities as water, healing, life giving, yet it is different. Qi is more connected with spirit, a bridge perhaps from our corporeal existence to our abstract connection with unknown, but knowable, things.
Doing taiji, I imagine moving through these connections. This imaginative method of movement raises the shen, which some of my teachers have mentioned to me, that we all need to do when practicing tai chi.